Why Internships Are Worth It
Everyone knows that internships are a great way to gain experience in your chosen field while earning school credit and even some extra money. That experience could give you a huge advantage over the competition when it's time to look for your first job after college—but if that isn't enough, here are some other reasons why internships are worth doing.
You'll Probably Get Paid
Sure, you won't get rich from your internships, but chances are you'll earn more than enough to get by.
- $7.25/hr: Federal minimum wage rate in the United States in 2012.
- $18.06/hr: Average wage for an undergrad intern.
You Might Get A Job Offer Out Of It
Your internship may be an extended interview for a full-time job—and the start of a career.
- 75.2% of employers with internship programs say their focus is to recruit college graduates for full-time, entry-level positions.
- 51.3% of interns are hired after graduation by the company they interned at.
- 67.1% of the time employers make full-time job offers to their interns.
- 76.4% of the time former interns accept full-time positions at a company where they interned.
You’ll Gain Valuable Skills
Even if your internship doesn’t lead to a job offer at that company, you’ll likely be a more attractive candidate for other employers.
- 65% of interns report improved organization skills.
- 61% of interns receive a positive review or reference for a job at a different company.
- 40% of interns learn how to use new computer programs or software.
You'll Make Yourself More Employable
Employers prefer to hire entry-level candidates with internship experience.
- 7% of employers say new graduates don’t need an internship to be considered a good candidate for a job.
- 65% of employers say students should complete at least two internships before graduation.
- 35% of employers say three internships is the minimum for new graduates to be a good job candidate.
You'll Find Out If It's The Right Career For You
Internships give you a chance to see firsthand if a field really is a good fit for you. As a result, people who do internships may have fewer regrets after they graduate.
47% of former students say they would have "done more internships or worked part time" if they could go back and change anything about their college experience.Sources:
iCIMS: The Class of 2017 Job Outlook Report
Heldrich Center for Workforce Development: Chasing the American Dream: Recent College Graduates and the Great Recession
National Association Of Colleges And Employers (NACE): Class of 2017 Student Survey
National Association Of Colleges And Employers (NACE): 2017 Internship & Co-op Survey